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19 Ways To Wear Butter Yellow, Plus How the Trending Color Is Flattering for Women Over 40

If there’s one color we keep seeing over and over this year, it’s butter yellow. The pastel, light hue of the sunny shade will instantly put you in a more cheerful mood, and it pairs easily with many neutrals: denim, black, brown, nude, you name it, making it a staple for women over 40. The shade is truly versatile and oh so flattering no matter if on a dress, pants, skirt, top, jumpsuit, accessories and more. Here, we rounded up the best butter yellow pieces to add to your wardrobe for some extra sunshine in your closet.

Why wear butter yellow?

Many of us probably don’t often think to buy yellow pieces when shopping for our wardrobe. It can be a hard color to wear; maybe you feel you don’t have anything that goes with it or perhaps you don’t think you can pull off the hue. This is where butter yellow comes to the rescue. But since it’s more on the muted side, butter yellow can almost be considered a neutral. Its pale, soft tone isn’t too “in your face” — so if you’re used to the neutrals and tend not to veer away from black, but want to start adding more color, butter yellow is a safe way to ease into it.

Butter yellow is not only versatile, it’s also very on-trend as it was seen on almost every designer’s spring runway, from Tory Burch to Louis Vuitton. And the shade has been worn by many celebrities, including Jenny Elvers, Eva Longoria and Wendi Murdoch as shown above. But best of all, butter yellow can do wonders for boosting your mood. Studies show that wearing yellow can incite feelings of happiness, optimism and hope. So not only will you look great wearing the color, you’ll feel great too!

The best butter yellow pieces you need to try if you’re over 50

The trend works for women of all ages and body shapes, but keep scrolling to see our favorite styles that look especially great on mature women.

Best butter yellow tops

Banana Republic Ribbed Elbow-Sleeve Polo
Banana Republic

Banana Republic Ribbed Elbow-Sleeve Polo

The collar on this polo elevates a basic short sleeve, and the deep V-neck is shows a sex sliver of skin. It also works well for both dressier and more casual looks.

Express V-Neck Flutter Sleeve Twist Front Bodysuit
Express

Express V-Neck Flutter Sleeve Twist Front Bodysuit

The flutter sleeves on this bodysuit make for a delicate, dainty touch to the style. Also flattering? The center twist accentuates the waist and “lifts” the bust.

Liv Los Angeles Embroidered Top
Liv Los Angeles/TJ Maxx

Liv Los Angeles Embroidered Top

This top is ultra lightweight and feels breezy and breathable even under the hot sun. It can even be worn as a swimsuit coverup or with jeans or shorts.

Carve Designs Luca Linen Shirt
Carve Designs

Carve Designs Luca Linen Shirt

This linen short-sleeve can be worn with matching linen shorts to create an elongating column effect — or as a separate with denim or white bottoms.

Banana Republic Refined Cotton Tank
Banana Republic

Banana Republic Refined Cotton Tank

You can never go wrong with a solid-colored tank. Wear it on its own with your favorite jeans or shorts or layer it under a jacket or blazer; A truly versatile butter yellow staple.

Best butter yellow jackets

LOFT Fluid Modern Blazer
LOFT

LOFT Fluid Modern Blazer

Oversized blazers are back in style, and we’re loving this butter yellow take on the 90s trend.

Express Collared Cropped Jacket
Express

Express Collared Cropped Jacket

If you’re not into the oversized look and want for a shorter jacket style instead, this one checks all the boxes. Wear it over a plain white tee and pair with jeans, linen pants, shorts, a midi skirt, you name it!

Best butter yellow dresses and jumpsuits

H&M Flounce-trimmed Dress
H&M

H&M Flounce-trimmed Dress

Dainty ruffles are oh-so-pretty and instantly elevates a solid-colored dress. This midi length is perfect for wedding guest attire or date night.

Express Crew Neck Cap Sleeve Back Zipper Midi Sheath Dress
Express

Express Crew Neck Cap Sleeve Back Zipper Midi Sheath Dress

A sheath dress is great for the office or a cocktail party. Ditch the typical black cocktail dress and opt for the butter yellow hue instead for summer.

Aritzia Wilfred
Market Jumpsuit

Aritzia Wilfred Market Jumpsuit

There’s nothing we love more than a comfortable, wide-leg, fit and flare jumpsuit! It’s buttery soft and offers stretch for all day comfort and wear.

Best butter yellow bottoms

Abercrombie & Fitch Sloane Tailored Short
Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch Sloane Tailored Short

Tailored shorts can easily be dressed up or down. Pair it with a blouse and heels for a nice dinner or sneakers and a white tee for a daytime outing.

Banana Republic Factory Girlfriend Jean
Banana Republic Factory

Banana Republic Factory Girlfriend Jean

A statement jean takes any look from drab to fab in an instant. This pair sits comfortably just below the waist, and is relaxed throughout the legs, which makes for no uncomfortable clinging.

Abercrombie & Fitch Sloane Tailored Pant
Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch Sloane Tailored Pant

Like the shorts above, these pleated dress pants can be dressed up for the office or down with a pair of classic white sneakers and a jean jacket for the daytime.

Best butter yellow swimsuits

Baltic Born Sunshine Scalloped One Piece
Baltic Born

Baltic Born Sunshine Scalloped One Piece

Yes, we even have you covered in the swim category with butter yellow! This one piece features scalloped trim for a touch of flair.

Butter yellow accessories

Circus by Sam Edelman Iggy Double Band Slide Sandals
Sam Edelman/TJ Maxx

Circus by Sam Edelman Iggy Double Band Slide Sandals

These slip-on sandals could not be any cuter! With its scrunchie-like straps and butter yellow hue, you’ll feel a pep in your step all day long.

Journee Collection Louella Sandal
Journee Collection/DSW

Journee Collection Louella Sandal

Need a dressy pair of heels but want to stay away from basic black or nude? These butter yellow heels are sexy, fun and fabulous, and feature an ankle strap to keep heels in place.

Mango Sling Back Heel Shoes
Mango

Mango Sling Back Heel Shoes

You can never go wrong with a good pair of slingbacks. These can be worn to work, to dinner, to cocktail hour and just about everything in between. Plus, they offer a bit of height sans the pain.

Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag 1L
Lululemon

Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag 1L

Good news: Everyone’s favorite belt bag is offered in butter yellow! Tote all the essentials in cheery style.

Botkier Leather Cobble Hill Wristlet Wallet
Botkier

Botkier Leather Cobble Hill Wristlet Wallet

Need a small wristlet instead? This one features a zipper pouch and exterior pocket — and it costs just $15.


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